Friday Roundup (Early Edition)
I’m traveling this week and won’t be posting much. Here’s a roundup of links to tide you over… and if that’s not enough, you can click on the categories in the right-hand column to get a digest of my recent posts on topics of interest to you. (For some reason if you click on the tag links underneath each post, that will give you all the posts on those tags from all WordPress.com blogs, but if you click on the links in the tag cloud or category menu in the right-hand column, that will limit you to just my blog.)
- A two-part story from the LAT on the unlikely friendship between an ex-crack addict and a federal judge.
- Jaycee Dugard will likely sue California for bungling the parole supervision of Philip Garrido.
- Police are investigating an apparent inmate murder at an Indiana prison.
- Reentry is a challenge (finding a job, etc.), especially when you’re reentering Detroit. In other Michigan news, a columnist asks why Gov. Granholm’s prisoner release efforts haven’t yielded savings.
- Outlook improving at beleaguered Rhode Island jail, which lost ICE contract after detainee death.
- This week in Tennesee, Prison Fellowship is sponsoring a conference to kick off its reentry initiative.
- Bexar County (San Antonio), Tex. jail is bursting at the seams because of the high need for mental health services; but in better news, here’s a look at Bexar County’s new foray into problem-solving courts, including the nation’s first dual-diagnosis court (for offenders with drug addiction and mental illness).
- Texas counties often told that state prison is full and they’ll have to keep their felons local.
- Wisconsin official blames “tavern culture” for jail overcrowding in the Badger State. Actually, jail overcrowding is everywhere: Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia; Cumberland County, New Jersey; and Tooele, County, Utah, where inmates are sleeping on the floors. Says the Tooele County sheriff: “We are violating civil rights, there’s no doubt about that.” (BTW: I appreciate the candor but shouldn’t a county attorney or someone have told him not to say things like that on the record?)
- Supreme Court hears oral argument on whether immigration detainees can sue government doctors over “shockingly poor medical care.”
- UK roundup: English report finds jailing youthful offenders costs £140,000/year. (BTW: Does that sound a bit high?) In Scotland, a call for judges to consider effects of a prison sentence on offenders’ kids.
- New report on prison overcrowding in Brazil, home to the world’s fourth largest prison population.
State Legislative Proposals, Reform Efforts, etc.
- Alaska legislator calls for enforcement of law to garnish inmate funds to pay their child support.
- Update on 2007 California law to provide state funding for local jail construction.
- Maine lawmakers consider bill to limit use of solitary confinement.
- A clash in Massachusetts over Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to merge probation and parole systems.
- Mississippi considering early release plan for non-violent offenders to save bucks.
- Missouri legislator floats proposal to release prisoners over 70 years old to nursing homes.
- Head of Pennsylvania prisons advocates for halfway houses and specialty courts.
- Virginia bill would limit pretrial release options; critics say it’s a handout to bail bondsmen.